Why should I hire a birth photographer?

Birth is a whirlwind: a wonderful and intense whirlwind. Many mothers find that after giving birth, they only have a few concrete memories of the experience. Birth photography allows mothers to see and remember all the big and small moments of their journey. The tenderness of your partner, the intensity in your face, the beauty in the struggle to hold on when everything inside of you wants to give up. And, of course, those first miraculous moments when you finally meet your baby. 

Many of my clients cry when they view their images for the first time. There is something so powerful about reliving your birth experience. Like a wedding, a birth is a day you'll remember for the rest of your life. Having professional birth photographs can help give those memories more shape and power. 

Does any birth space NOT allow birth photography?

I recommend you get approval from your Dr. prior to booking. Many doctors and hospitals are fine with birth photography but it is a good practice to ask permission from both.

When do you arrive?

I like to arrive when my clients are in active labor. If your care provider is doing cervical checks - I usually like to be with you from 7 centimeters onward. If you are not being checked, I come when you have an active pattern of contractions that you can't talk or walk through.

We will be in communication before and during your labor to ensure that I come at just the right time. 

How long do you stay?

I stay between 30-45 minutes postpartum. I like to take pictures of the newborn exam as well as your first experiences breastfeeding. If you are interested in further coverage (arrival of siblings, grandparents, etc...we can add that to your package). 

What happens if you miss the birth?

Birth can be unpredictable! I make every effort to arrive with enough time to capture your labor, birth, and moments together. In the event of a quick labor, I still aim to tell your story (in this case...your story was a fast, unpredictable birth!) I'll stay as long as I need to get the same amount of images you would have received if you had a longer labor. 

How many images can I expect?

I deliver between 20-40 professionally edited images. The exact number of photos captured depends on the unique length and unfolding of your story.

Do you offer prints or other products?

I love working with my clients to produce tangible art that they can display in their house for years to come. From birth albums to prints to canvases, I offer a variety of packages and options.

Do you share every birth on social media?

I LOVE sharing empowering images of birth. Through these images, we can change the way our culture views motherhood and birth. However, I absolutely respect families that wish to keep their birth images private. During our consultation, we'll discuss exactly what you do or don't want shared. I will always honor your requests for privacy. 

How soon should I book?

I book out 3-4 months in advance. Don't hesitate to contact me to get your name on my calendar. If you're contacting me near the end of your pregnancy, please know that last-minute spots do open up. 

Can we get together to meet first?

Absolutely! I'd love to answer any more questions you have in person. I live in Angola, IN right next to Cameron Hospital. Send me a message (info@gearyphotography.com) and we'll find a time to meet!